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Monday, February 2, 2009

A new book on Chernobyl

Here is a link to a new book which I think could be worth reading for anyone who is interested to know more about Chernobyl and facts around it.

My Chernobyl: What’s Wrong with Nuclear Power and How to Fix It

Recently I got an email from the author linking to this new book, and a comment that it's a call for all remaining RBMK shutdown.

The author, Aladar Stolmar, now also has a blog http://aladar-mychernobyl.blogspot.com, with an exiting profile:

Aladar Stolmar is one of the first Hungarian nuclear engineers educated in Moscow, USSR. During the Paks Nuclear Power Plant design and equipment supply contract negotiations, he, along with Soviet partners, developed the revised—and applied to new Soviet-built VVER nuclear power plants—safety standards corresponding to the international nuclear power plant safety standards. In conection to this effort, he participated in a failed attempt—never before published—to apply the same standards to the Chernobyl-type nuclear power plants with RBMK reactors in the Soviet Union. In 1985, when the Hungarian court proceedings related to Nuclear Power Plant Paks were declared secret, he emigrated to the United States. Aladar participated in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to force the Soviet Union to report—for the first time in its history reporting about an internal event—to the international community about the Chernobyl disaster. This book is his personal account of the technical issues he dealt with and the historical events he has been part of.

No doubt, a person with a life experience like this has a lot to tell... impatiently expecting this book by post, I ordered it this weekend, and it takes about 3 weeks for it to "fly" over the ocean :) Will come back with comments as soon as I get a chance to see the text.

1 comment:

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It is a shame that what happen there happened, many disasters like that have strike the world, even with the most security and technological procedures, accidents can happen.